Storms leave damage in Jonesboro

Published: Apr. 20, 2011 at 11:01 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 21, 2011 at 9:47 AM CDT
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -  The storms moved through Jonesboro late Tuesday night cutting a path of destruction across parts of the city. There were several reports of a tornado touching down, but one thing is for sure, there were strong winds.

Tracie Norris had some of her belongings stored at R & R Mini Storage on the south side of Jonesboro where the wind caused damage.

She said, "I got a call this morning between nine and 9:30 and they left a message saying that they thought it was just roof damage."

But little did she know that the damage to the storage facility was worse than expected.

Norris said, "We got out here about 10:30 and noticed that it was more than just the roof blown."

Norris said that she found all of her belongings, but not how she left them.

"We've got a lot of water damage and a lot of our memories on tape and pictures, it's ruined. So, yeah it's heartbreaking," said Norris.

She said although some of her valuables are ruined, the memories will never be forgotten. Norris was just happy that her family and friends weren't hurt in the storms.

"We just pick up the pieces and move it and salvage what we can and thank God we're ok," said Norris.

Travis Grissom, co-owner of R & R Mini Storage said they sustained a lot of damage from Tuesday night's storms.

"We had about 48 units in this one set of storages and all of them got damaged," said Grissom.

He said their three other storages did not receive damage, but they plan to pick up the pieces and rebuild what was damaged.

Grissom said, "We're trying to get it all cleaned up today and get them a new storage and start over, rebuild some."

In the wake of the storms everyone is cleaning up and helping one another during this difficult time.

"There's 48 different families pretty much that have stuff out and everybody is just pulling together and working through it right now and we're just trying to get it going," said Grissom.

The storms then continued moving toward the heart of town damaging all but three buildings at the Northeast Arkansas (NEA) District Fairgrounds.

The winds tore the roofs off several buildings and ripped concrete blocks from a bathroom facility into pieces. The fairground's electrical system was also damaged after the wind snapped a power pole in half.

Jerry Reece, NEA District Fair General Manager said clean-up is underway and they still plan to have this years fair at the fairgrounds.

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